BeActive Montenegro - Best Montenegro Adventure Team
We Are The Best Montenegro Adventure Team Who Guides You Through Amazing Nature of Montenegro, From Seaside to Mountains. We Organize Unique Tours, Ideal For Small Groups and Individuals. With us You Can Sail, Hike, Rappel Canyons, Climb, Go Rafting or Enjoy Yoga Retreat!
Recently a friend of mine asked me a very simple question: “Is sailing hard to learn?”
“No, not at all. However, it takes time to master it…” was my answer.
I really do think that basic boat handling, marine terminology, and physics of sailing is easy and quick to learn. In matter of weeks actually. For those with experience on motorboats the path is even shorter. No doubt that sailing courses offered by certified schools are usually the easiest and fastest way to get legitimate basic knowledge. In addition to that, there are great books about sailing and marine life, blogs, YouTube channels, magazines… Great tools to boost learning process.
However, to become fully capable to navigate vessel in various situations and sea states… Well, that takes time! Takes many miles of sailing, hours and hours of helming, sail changing and trimming, many dockings and maneuvers… No one can tell you how long all that can take, simply because too many factors play the role here; how often do you sail; who do you sail with; which kind of boat you sail on; which conditions are in your area; how good you knew theory before jumping on board…and so on and so on… List can be boringly long! The point is: There are so many scenarios that can happen out there on the water, and you need to invest many hours to become capable to calmly cope with most of them.
EXPERIENCE IS BEST TEACHER
When it comes to sailing, nothing can beat this one! The more you sail, the more your knowledge and confidence grow. As a result, you become more and more relaxed on the boat and that’s when nicer part starts! That’s when you’ll get hooked to that feeling of freedom, if not before. From that moment on, you will not ask for better song then the one that wind and waves are singing.
“HOPE FOR THE BEST, EXPECT THE WORST”
And let’s be fair – The song of ‘wind and waves’ is not always nice! Actually, from time to time is pretty ferocious, when Nature reminds us how small we are. That’s where experience plays the role. Good sailor knows how much his boat can take and how to react when something goes wrong.
Seamanship can never be fully mastered. Experience and knowledge can grow to extreme heights, but there will always be something new to experience. That is, I suppose, what keeps me so much in love with this sport, after so many years.
For those without previous boating experience I definitely recommend to be conservative at the beginning. No more that few hours a day is needed at the beginning. Small boat, preferably dinghy is what should be used. They are much more responsive and easy to manoeuver, plus mistakes are forgiving.
One of the best tips for sailing beginners I can give is to start out in calm and quiet waters, and where traffic is low. No one would be happy with 30 knots of wind and three-meters waves on first boating experience! That trauma would probably have long lasting consequences on the novice, and is likely that he’d hardly ever want to go through that again.
It’s not a sailing free-for-all out there – there are rules to govern how sailboat should manoeuver to ensure they do not collide with one another. How you move is based on many variables including what side the wind is on, what type of craft it is, whether you are planning to overtake. Get familiar with these nautical rules to prevent mishap.
ONE WITH NATURE
There is very little that can beat a sensation of being out on the water while wind is filling the sails and boat glides through the waves. Harnessing the power of wind and relying on your skills makes sailing a very pure form of being with nature.
If you are looking for unique wellness and adventure experience, all in one, look no more. This is an opportunity to enjoy sailing beautiful Croatian coast, experience life on board, and practice yoga at stunning locations.
Sailing is the one of the most exciting outdoor activities you can experience. Meet the power of wind and sea and spend high quality time dedicated only to your mind and body. We will practice yoga twice a day, meditate, do relaxing breathing techniques, eat healthy food, and swim in beautiful Adriatic sea.
Meditations will connect your mind with energy of water and air. This will teach you the benefits of living a mindful life, a life from your own center, here and now.
Yoga classes will be held each morning and evening, on board or shore. Instructor will tailor the class to your abilities. Absolute beginners are welcome, as are experienced yogis.
We will set sails from Split (Kastel Gomilica) and sail to different islands day by day. You will have a chance to visit and explore some of the most beautiful Croatian islands – Hvar, Vis, Solta, Brac, Korcula. The captain will take you to the best beaches and spots.
Get back in touch with nature and yourself! You will rest, unwind, and go back home rejuvenated.
Daily yoga classes with pranayama and relaxations
Guided meditations and one yoga nidra session (deep relaxation)
Sailing experience and basic sailing lessons
Exploring Croatian islands
Stand up paddle boarding
7 nights accommodation on catamaran
Abundance of fresh fruits, healthy snacks, and tea available all day
You will be accommodated on a beautiful catamarans BALI 4.3 and BALI 4.0. which can comfortably accommodate 8 and 10 people.
Both catamarans are characterized by a single cockpit / saloon area entirely flush and unencumbered by bulkheads, accessible via an immense folding glass door on electric rams. Saloon has panoramic view over the sea, as well as plenty of natural light and fresh air inside. In fully equipped kitchen can be prepared any meal you wish. Dinning area is within saloon but can easily be set outside, so you can have a dinner under the stars. There’s plenty of free space and sunbathing area on board.
Each cabin can comfortably accommodate up to two person.
Each cabin on both catamarans has its own bathroom.
Abundance of space means that we can comfortably practice yoga also on board.
During this 7 day retreat, you will get the chance to experience an adventure “by following the wind” and practice yoga in places you could have never imagine.
We will practice yoga twice a day in stunning locations by the sea, as well as on board, meditate and do breathing exercises.
Yoga classes will be held each morning and evening. Instructor will tailor the class to your abilities. Every level of experience is welcome.
It is planing to visit 5 Croatian islands: Hvar, Vis, Solta, Brac, Korcula, day by day.
In your free time, you can relax and enjoy the outdoor activities, swimming, sup boarding.
Hi! I am Marija Vidanovic, certified yoga instructor and graphic designer from Serbia.
I stepped into the beautiful world of yoga in 2012 and ever since, I am passionately practicing yoga and living yoga lifestyle. Driven by my inner feeling, yoga became inseparable part of me, helping me to grow spiritually and to feel perfectly happy within my body.
For me Yoga is a path to acceptance and unconditional love! At the same time it is a perfect way to express my creativity and keep positive attitude and approach to life!
As I wanted to share my passion with others I enrolled in the course for instructors in Yoga Association of Serbia, where I became a licensed instructor. In the meantime I discovered Ashtanga Yoga and immediately I was hooked! Ashtanga brought completely new dimension to my life. Its huge journey and complexity attracts me ever since.
During this beautiful 7 day retreat program, I will led you Hatha and Vinyasa classes, as well as guided meditation and relaxations.
Sample daily schedule
8am morning yoga class, generally consists of energizing Vinyasa or Hatha flow
Sailing, visiting and exploring islands. Free time to relax and enjoy
6pm evening yoga class (stretching and relaxation)
During this retreat you will be served healthy breakfast every day. Fruits, snacks and tea are available all day.
Please note that lunch and dinner are not included in the price. We can prepare meals on board together, or go to the nearby taverns and restaurants.
What is included:
12 yoga classes
7 nights accommodation on board
Breakfast, snacks, fruits and tea
Full bedding and towels
Fuel and cleaning of the boat
Services of the skipper
Using of sup board
WiFi and taxes
What is not included:
Lunch and dinner
Personal travel insurance
How to get there
Split airport is 9.5 km away from Kastel Gomilica
Port Split 14 km
*Marina Kastela Gomilica has parking. Next to Marina is well equipped supermarket.
990€ per person (shared cabin).
1790€ package for two (shared cabin).
A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
Biogradska Gora is a forest and a national park in Montenegro within Kolašin municipality. It is the site of one of the last three large virgin forests in Europe. The landscape is one of mountain ridges, glacial lakes, and temperate forest.
The area of the mountain range is 630 km2 (240 sq mi), with an equal width and length of 30 km. The entire mountain range divides into four expanses, which stretch from the NW to the SE. Its geological features are of volcanic origins, with smooth round shapes and mildly rolling landscape, differing from most of Montenegro’s other mountains of calcareous composition abounding in karst forms, with numerous crevasses and crevices. The range is bordered by Lim and Tara rivers.
Bjelasica, alongside Durmitor, is the center of Montenegrin mountain tourism. It has the advantage of being easily accessible, as town of Kolašin is situated on both main road from Podgorica to Serbia and on Belgrade–Bar railway.
In recent years, Bjelasica is becoming popular as a summer destination, as it is suitable for ecotourism, hiking, mountaineering and recreational tourism in general. Lodging in authentic huts in katuns is increasingly popular option during the summer. Due to the beautiful landscape, richness in lakes and streams, and ease of access, the mountain has great potential for development of tourism.
Let’s run away from the crowd and have an unforgettable sailing and yoga afternoon!
This experience is unique in many ways; combination of sailing and yoga will make you reconnect with Nature!
Ionized sea air, together with calming sound of the waves, makes relaxing Yoga class even more pleasant.
After you embark on our 8.5m sailboat we will set sails toward beautiful Mamula island. By the way you will have a chance to learn some sailing basics. We may optionally stop for swimming and snorkeling near Mamula, and then sail toward “Vojno mulo”. There we will have relaxing yoga class with Marija, a certified yoga teacher. After relaxing exercises we sail back to Herceg Novi.
Are you one of those who dare to jump into the unknown, seeking for challenge and adventure? Do you think that you can overcome many obstacles in front of you and keep moving toward the goal? Are you ready to face your fear of height and jump from a cliff into the river?
If yes, than you’ll get hooked to canyoning!
EXTREME AND BEAUTIFUL
Canyoning is the ultimate adrenaline experience. It is all about making your way through gorge created by river through thousands of years. Depending on the canyon you will need to use various techniques like walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping from the rocks, abseiling the cliffs, swimming, and so on… It’s a wet business, but you’re equipped with a tough wetsuit that provides warmth and a useful amount of padding. Untouched nature, crystal clear stream that flows through narrow passage, virgin wildlife, waterfall, cascades, steep tall cliff, beautiful Jacuzzi carved in a rock; all that is found there and that’s what differs canyoning from other outdoor experiences!
CANYONING IN MONTENEGRO
Montenegro is small country in Western Balkan and is known for its mountains, rivers and lakes. With so many small canyons scattered all over the country there are some great places to go canyoning in Montenegro. In recent years few canyons became very popular among those who love adrenaline in their veins. Adventurers from all over the world are witnessing unspoiled beauty of those masterpieces of Nature.
The most popular canyon in Montenegro undoubtedly is Nevidio canyon. Situated in North of the country, between Nikshic and Zabljak city, Nevidio held an epithety of “The last undiscovered canyon in Europe” for a long time. Ice cold water, unhostile terrain, and lack of adequate equipment caused first few attempts to “conquer” this canyon to fail. Finally, in 1965 a group of Montenegrin mountaineers have made their way through. Not to mention that equipment they have had at that time was far from suitable for freezing water in the canyon. It took 2 days until they triumphantly appeared 3.5km downstream. Today, their names are proudly displayed at the entrance in the canyon, keeping their tremendous endeavor from oblivion.
First “conquerors” of Nevidio canyon
Nowadays, with proper equipment and professional guides Nevidio can be explored by almost everyone. Passing through usually takes 3-4 hours and consists of jumping into the crystal pools from several meters in height, swimming through cuts, diving, descending down the cliffs and waterfalls…all that enriched with high dose of adrenaline! Seeing this pearl of Nature is not to be missed!
CANYONING NEAR THE SEA
For those who stay in southern Montenegro there is no better canyon to visit than Medjurjecki potok. With 10 abseils ranging from three to even 30m in height this is a place for adrenaline junkies! Few abseils must be descended with a safety rope, while the most of them give extraordinary opportunity for a crazy dive into the river. Medjurjec canyon is located just 15km from Bar and is the only southern canyon that does not dry out even through hottest summers. With pure mountain water, waterfalls, huge vertical drops, deep natural pools, and stunning beauty of the landscape this is one of the most extraordinary places in Montenegro to visit!
Another canyon near Bar is Rikavac. Technically less demanding than Medjurjecki, this canyon is ideal for families and those who are not too extreme. Being technically easier doesn’t mean being less attractive whatsoever.
Close to famous Kotor city is a scenic Skurda canyon. Skurda river starts flowing from Njegusi village on Lovcen mountain. Descending its slopes it flows just behind famous Kotor walls, creating magnificent gorge. Canyon itself is quite long with total vertical descent of staggering 800m! Numerous pools together with 26 waterfalls make this canyon one of the most attractive in Montenegro. Excursions in Skurda canyon can be organized throughout entire year, except in the period of heavy rains, when river gets too strong.
POWERFUL BUT FRAGILE CREATION
Huge expansion of canyoning in Montenegro means more and more people curious to see those hidden gems. Beautiful thing is that everyone understand how important is that we keep those places clean and unspoiled, for some future generations to come.
Even better days for this attractive outdoor activity are yet to come, as many canyons still wait to be discovered and presented as tourist attractions.
Sailing Montenegro coast is one-of-a-kind experience! We offer sailing excursions through stunning Boka Bay, or untouched Montenegro’s coastline. Either way, you will have an unforgettable time on our beautiful sailing cruiser Katarina.
Katarina is 12.4m long sailboat of a newer generation. It comfortably accommodates up to 8 guests and is fully equipped for multiday stay too. It is moored in Herceg Novi but we can arrange pick up anywhere within Boka Bay.
We offer following tour options:
Full day tour – 8 hours; Price 430€ per group
Half day tour – 4 hours; Price 270€ per group
Multiday tour – Price negotiable
The price includes: Skipper, fuel, water on board, fresh vegetables, bed linen, dinghy
Note that boat is not for charter, hence our skipper must be present on the boat
On all of our tours we try to use sails as much as possible. There is very little that can beat the sensation of being out on the water while wind is filling the sails and the boat is moving forward. Harnessing the power of wind while relying on your skills makes sailing a very pure form of being with Nature. It is environmentally friendly too, as you’re not polluting the sky or the sea with fossil fuels, but travelling the same way that mankind has done for thousands of years! However, in windless situations we switch on the engine and go to some nice spots for chilling and swimming, or to some restaurants.
About the boat:
Katarina is 12.4m long sailboat of a newer generation. It comfortably accommodates up to 8 guests and is equipped with:
3 cabins; 2 toilets; Fridge; Galley (kitchen); Bimini; Shower; Dinghy; GPS Plotter; Music player; Main sail; Furling genoa
This yoga retreat will be held on a mesmerizing island of Mljet from June 2nd to 6th, 2018.
Experience the beauty, peace, and harmony of this island and National Park, while deepening your yoga practice. Excellent opportunity to run away from everyday life and spend high-quality time dedicated only to your mind & body. Enjoy daily yoga sessions, meditations, relaxation and breathing exercises. Explore nature, hike, ride a bike, swim, and snorkel in crystal clear waters surrounded by untouched nature. This retreat is designed for those who love nature, healthy lifestyle and want more enriching and spiritual experience through yoga practice and meditation exercises. The instructor will tailor the yoga class to your abilities. Absolute beginners are welcome as well as experienced yogis.
Here’s what you get on this unique Yoga retreat in Croatia:
• Energizing morning and relaxing evening yoga classes every day
• Meditations and relaxation exercises (1 Yoga Nidra session)
• Powerful breathing techniques
• Free time to unwind, socialize and explore the stunning Mljet
• Four nights accommodation
• Nature walks and many other outdoor activities
• Exploring national park
Group sizes: The maximum participants in the group is 12.
Styles: Hatha Yoga
Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate
During this yoga retreat in Croatia you will be accommodated in a family house in a quiet part of Goveđari village, the heart of National Park Mljet, just above crystal clear Veliko jezero. Most of the activities will be held in Goveđari village, but sometimes we will go to nearby secluded piers, just by the sea and enjoy yoga with the sounds coming from crickets, nature, and waves.
You will be staying in single or double bedded room with private bathroom.
This retreat is held in a stunning natural setting of an island and National Park Mljet, Croatia. Mljet is by many the most beautiful and most forested island in the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful pearls of the Mediterranean. Untouched nature, the island’s mysticism, olive groves, vineyards and rich forests are ideal places to research the rich flora and fauna and to peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty
Mljet National Park makes up most of the island, and there are several villages, two salt water lakes – Veliko and Malo jezero, and a Benedictine monastery on the island of St. Maria
Preserved from the Illyrian period, there are many fortifications and tombs, and the best preserved are those on the hill of Veliki Gradac, Veliko jezero and the fortress at Vodice, above the water source at Vodice at Babino Polje. The Roman Palace, which is the largest after Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Arena in Pula, is a part of the valuable heritage of the island of Mljet.
During this retreat, you can have healthy organic meals in a nearby restaurant for very fair prices or prepare meals on your own. As a part of the group, you will get a discount in the restaurant. If you have special dietary requirements, it’s a good idea to communicate it with them prior to the reservation
Things to do (optional):
It is planned to explore the island by doing various outdoor activities daily, like hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, visiting Saint Maria Island and church, and so on. All these activities are optional. Other activities can be:
Olive oil, cheese, and wine tasting
• Swimming in the beautiful crystal clear Adriatic sea
• Scuba diving and snorkeling
• Exploring nearby places or secluded beaches
• Local olive oil, wine, or cheese tasting
• Visit the island St Maria
What is included:
4 nights accommodation
8 yoga classes
Guided meditation, relaxation, and breathing exercises
Local homemade wine and liquor upon arrival, together with documentary movie about Mljet
Maps and advices
What is not included:
Buses and ferries
How to get there:
The easiest and cheapest option is to take a ferry (fast catamaran) from Dubrovnik. It operates twice a day (9.15am and 7.10pm), but only the morning one goes to Polace on Mljet, which is where you should disembark. The afternoon ferry (7.10pm) goes only to Sobra, which means that you should take a taxi from Sobra to Govedjari (or rent a scooter, which is very convenient on this island)
If you come by car than take a ferry in Prapratno. The ferry operates 5 times a day during the summer months and the price is 20e for a car plus 4e per person. You will disembark in Sobra (Mljet) and than you have half an hour drive to Govedjari, where our retreat will be held.
Montenegro is small mountainous Balkan country, certainly one of the most interesting places in the world and, according to Lonely Planet, one of top tourist destinations!
It has so much to offer, but what we are especially proud of is unspoiled, wild nature which leaves breathless even the experienced hikers and mountaineers!
Here are listed just some of the most attractive and known hiking sites in Montenegro.
Durmitor National Park
Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park, the Durmitor massif lies in northwestern Montenegro and consists of towering mountain ranges, deep valleys, and beautiful mountain lakes. Surrounded by canyons on three sides, including the Tara River Canyon (Europe’s deepest ravine), the park offers world-class hiking opportunities.
This breathtaking national park was formed by glaciers and is traversed by rivers and underground streams. Dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbor a wide range of endemic flora. The massif has 48 peaks above 2,000 m and 18 glacial lakes, scattered over mountain massif and Jezerska Povrs plateau. The lakes add significantly to the beauty of the mountain and have been nicknamed Gorske Oci, meaning Eyes of the Mountain.
The landscapes in this part of the Balkans are truly breathtaking. Their variety in elevation and vegetation results in plenty of hiking options, ranging from easy walks to challenging overnight treks. Most trails in Durmitor National Park begin at Crno Lake, which lies a 40-minute walk from the town of Žabljak, the park’s main gateway. Hikes typically include mountain meadows, valleys, forests and barren mountain slopes.
Prokletije National Park
Known as ‘The Alps of Montenegro’ National park Prokletije is the fifth and the youngest NP in Montenegro. The name Prokletije is actually means ‘cursed’ and it symbolizes inaccessibility and steep peaks which represent a real challenge for mountaineers. Besides the mountain, the park comprises two protected areas: Volusica and Lake Hrid. In the north the park is bordered by Gusinj-Plav Valley, but in the southern part of the park is the real treat for visitors – mountain peaks, of which the highest is Zla Kolata (2534 m). And once you climb one of them, you’ll see marks dividing Montenegro and Albania. At the same time in two countries, how awesome is that!
The main activity of this park is hiking, and visitors mostly climb Volusica and Popadija, two peaks which will leave you breathless and you will have the most beautiful view of the whole park. More than 50 peaks have an altitude over 2000 m and 20 of them over 2500 m, but it is not that easy to reach every one of them. Professional alpinists and mountaineers often come to Prokletije in order to practice before conquering the world’s highest tops.
Numerous lakes add significantly to the beauty of this place!
Biogradska gora National Park
Nestled within the Bjelasica mountain range, pretty Biogradska Gora has as its heart 1600 hectares of virgin woodland – one of Europe’s last three remaining primeval forests!
This chance to see what the world might have looked like if us humans hadn’t come along and done our thing is what brings most visitors to the town of Kolašin, about 16km from the road entrance to Biogradsko Lake.
Many of the trees in the forest are over half a millennium old, with some soaring to dizzying heights of 60m. In addition to the easily accessed, low-lying Lake Biograd, the park is home to five high-altitude (1820m) glacial lakes.
What differs Belasica of other Balkan mountains is its volcanic origin, hence an aboundance of fresh water springs and streams. Hiking through this paradise will make you understand why many Montenegrins consider it our most beautiful mountain!
Lovcen National Park
NP Lovćen covers the central and the highest part of the mountain Lovćen and with total area of 62.2 square kilometres. Established in 1952, Lovćen is also full of the rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage protected by the national park. The area has numerous elements of national construction such as the old houses and village guvna. The cottages in katuns, summer settlements of cattle breeders are also typical for this part of Montenegro.
Hikers and mountain climbers can enjoy and explore of well-marked trails in this National park. The vicinity of the sea makes hiking here even more enjoyable, as very often you can have a beautiful sight to Boka Bay and Adriatic sea! Moreover, from the top of Lovcen you can see Skadar lake! Something that you should not miss is visit to the Njegos mausoleum at Jezerski peak (1658 m a.s.l)
As we said before, these are just some of the most known hiking sites in Montenegro. However, there are many mountains more like Orjen, Komovi, Moracke Planine, Rumija etc. which provide fantastic hiking and mountaineering conditions!
Join us on our tours and let us show you some of the most interesting trails! One of our favorite tours is a week-long hiking adventure through Three National Parks, which is by far the best way to meet local culture, taste characteristic flavours of this region, and be amazed by its beauty and wilderness.
Untouched and magical nature is usually far from the populated areas, but Medjurjec canyon is an exception. Hidden from the people on the slopes of Rumija mountain, it is only 15 km from the coastal city of Bar and beautiful Montenegro seaside. Recently discovered it is still not so popular which makes it even more appealing. Moreover, it is the only canyon on the south of Montenegro which does not dries out even through the driest summers. Pure mountain water, waterfalls, huge vertical drops, deep natural pools, and stunning beauty of the landscape are making this canyon one of the most extraordinary places in Montenegro.
On September 11, 2017, together with three fantastic British guys, we explored this shiny pearl of mother Nature.
As soon as we entered the canyon we faced 30m deep abseil, at the same time the highest in this canyon! The point after which there’s no coming back, but also where all the fun starts! Abseil by abseil we progressed through the canyon. Amazed by the sceneries we enjoyed every single minute of the descent. In total there are 10 abseils ranging from 3 to 30 meters in height. Few of them must be descended with the safety rope while the rest gave us fantastic opportunity to enjoy jumping into small pools formed by the river. No doubt these were the most interesting moments of the excursion for all of us!
In total, we stayed 4 hours in the canyon. Through entire adventure we felt nothing but safe, thanks to our experienced guide Marko.
Instead of words we’ll let our photos to share at least a glimpse of the joy and adrenaline of that day!